A long time has passed since we in Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER last developed applications as LEADER has been 'offline since December 2013. That means it has been over 2 years since we last sat down with an applicant and helped them through the process of applying to LEADER for funds and a fair bit has changed since that time. We now have a farm diversification fund and a rural enterprise fund - neither of which we had the last time around.
Fortunately Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER was quite pro-active in the last Programme in engaging with businesses and farms and so we're not starting from scratch. However, it is still a new and exciting world that we are entering where we seem to be dealing with businesses and farms as much as we are with community groups. It is expanding our knowledge of the area and of our ability to make a difference to the area.